The Great Southern Route : 2008 - 2009
further south one travels, further away from the axis of the equatorial trough. Generally speaking, wind speeds will not exceed force 4-5, though merging of high pressure ridges will bring general 1-3 day periods of winds as high as force 6, particularly during the period from May through October, when trade wind surges are most common. Combined seas will generally be E-SE in direction, no more than 7-8 feet, and will tend to be lower and longer-period, consisting mainly of E-SE swells the further north one travels, where lighter winds are more common. Breaks in the E-SE'lys will occur when slowing/ stalling and weakening frontal systems yield more of a N-NE-E wind regime. This is most likely to occur near and west of 160W and during the period from May through September, when cold fronts in the Southwest Pacific tend to advance further east before any stalling/weakening occurs. Winds in N-NE-E'lys are generally from force 3-5, with E-SE combined seas lowering and becoming long-period, mixing with N-NE-E sets of no more than 5-6 feet. THE EASTERN AND CENTRAL PACIFIC: 10S TO 30S AND EAST OF THE INTERNATIONAL DATELINE TO SOUTH AMERICA. Again, high pressure is dominant, especially across eastern waters and during the period from November through April, when cold fronts are less prevalent. This means more E-SE trade winds, which will tend to be stronger, reaching gale to near gale force, during wind surges that occur merging of high pressure ridges occurs. E-SE combined seas tend to prevail as well, longer-period as one travels further north, closer to 10S where higher wind surges are less severe (typically no more than force 6). Sea heights will generally range from 5-9 feet across the area. However, during wind surges, larger sets, as much as 3-5 feet higher can occur, especially across more southern waters (south of 15S-20S), where wind surges are more severe and there is more of a shorter, wind-driven component to the seas. Breaks in the E-SE wind regime will occur as cold fronts move into the region. This is most likely to occur in waters west of 140W during the period from May through September, with fronts eventually slowing, stalling, and weakening near/ west of 140W. In this region, cold fronts and resultant weakening of high pressure further east will induce a veering of winds to more of a NW-N-NE direction, speeds generally from force 3-5, with combined seas lowering and becoming longer-period, generally no more than 6 feet. The tropical season for this region occurs primarily during the warmer months -- from November into April, and only in the extreme western portions. The peak months for concern are January/February, as ocean waters are warmest during this period. During May through October, tropical concerns are just about non- VIKING is the leading Large Yacht Recruitment Specialist and is continually looking for qualified & experienced Crew for Deck, Technical and Interior positions. • No registration fees for applicants • Friendly & informative advice • Unique & personal web based candidate database for efﬁcient & accurate client/ candidate matching • Reference & certiﬁcation checks • Personal interviewing & induction Viking Recruitment Limited Aycliffe Business Centre, Dover, Kent CT17 9EL. Tel: +44 (0) 1304 240881. Fax: +44 (0) 1304 240882. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Viking Maritime Recruitment (Australia) Pty Ltd. Suite 9, Sandridge Bay Towers, 11 Beach Street, Port Melbourne, Vic 3207, Australia Tel: +61 (0)3 9646 9444 Fax: +61 (0)3 9646 9449 Email: email@example.com Whether looking for the top job for myself or for the best crew available for my command I have always gone first to Viking. Captain Richard Bridge We place people first... Also providing Full Crew Management Functions including: • Offshore employment & payroll services • Crew scheduling & administration • Pre-employment medical screening • Organisation of STCW and non-statutory training requirements And a Specialist Marine Travel Service, providing discounted air travel for marine industry professionals. Register online or read more at www.vikingrecruitment.com in partnership with The tropical season for this region occurs primarily during the warmer months -- from November into April, and only in the extreme western portions.
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